Mental health is a major issue for young people today. Recently myself and colleagues from Young Fine Gael met with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee to propose new policies for mental health.

We want to create a mandatory online course around mental health for every student in Ireland from sixth class to final year of third level.

One in five young people today in Ireland suffers from a mental disorder. We believe a compulsory online course would effect positive change. The course would be visually focused with audio output and a quiz at the end of each module to ensure retention of knowledge. It would not take away from classroom time but would be analogous to “homework” done in the student’s own time.

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